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Breast cancer screening

Breast cancer screening : UK guidelines

Breast screening is aimed at detecting the early stage of breast cancer. The NHS Breast Screening Programme provides free breast screening every three years for all women in the UK aged 50 and over. Women aged between 50 and 70 are now routinely invited for breast screening.
Routine breast screening is not normally advised for women under 40 years of age, unless there are high risk factors.  There is no ideal interval for screening, however, 12 months to 2 years (in the absence of clinical signs) is advised.  A recent study in Boston has demonstrated that there could be a 60% lifetime reduction in breast cancer deaths if regular screening was carried out from the age of 40.
Some women opt to go for private breast screening, particularly those in the 40 to 50 age group where the service is not available under the NHS.

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Where to go for private breast screening in the UK

Breast cancer screening is available in many private hospitals and private screening centres in the UK. You can: